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The Gorgeous Waco DSO

The Gorgeous Waco DSO

This gorgeous Waco DSO flies the skies of California today. That's pretty amazing for an aircraft from 1929! Just over fifteen hundred were produced of the variant the DSO derives from selling for just a couple thousand ...

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Trainer to Fighter

Trainer to Fighter

One on the unsung heroes of WWII is the vast training network for pilots. The US developed hundreds of training bases across the US producing pilots for all facets of the USAAF. The AT-6 Texan (yellow aircraft) ...

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Hells Hawks Jug

Hells Hawks Jug

The Hell Hawks started flying from England and after D-Day moved their operations (aircraft, air fields and personal) with the front across Europe. They used the P-47 "Jug" as much as a ground support aircraft as bomber ...

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Eye in the Sky L-5

Eye in the Sky L-5

The Stinson L-5 started flying in service in 1942 playing the important role of being eyes in the sky. Going low and slow, they would have an observer in the back seat who would be on the ...

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Valor Kept Them Flying

Valor Kept Them Flying

  When the Zeros of the Japanese fleet came over the hill on December 7th, 1941, they caught the US armed forces flat footed. Two pilots managed to get a car and race to a remote air strip ...

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The Hamilton Metal Plane

The Hamilton Metal Plane

Built in the late 1920s, the Hamilton Metal Plane was meant to carry six passengers across the country. Less than 50 were built but they saw service around the country which includes a route from Fairbanks to ...

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The Mighty Air Tractor

The Mighty Air Tractor

We owe a lot to this aircraft and to the pilots who fly them all year long! Most simply call them "crop duster" but most tractor drivers say, "They've never sprayed a field with dust." This amazing ...

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The Hawker Sea Fury

The Hawker Sea Fury

The Hawker Sea Fury is an incredibly impressive warbird! One of the fastest production line piston driven planes ever, it was developed during WWII but didn't see service. With its large engine and four canon wing guns, ...

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Nope, it’s a Harvard!

Nope, it’s a Harvard!

Nope, it's not a AT-6 Texan, not even a SNJ, in fact it wasn't even made in the US but Canada! It's a Harvard and there is a reason why it looks like at T-6. Using plans ...

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The PA-11 Fun

The PA-11 Fun

Built for just two years, 1947-49, the PA-11 is basically the J-3 Cub that goes nearly 30mph faster. In that short time nearly two thousands were built and if you've ever been to Alaska, you might think ...

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